Leigh Phillips reports:
Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of social networking site Facebook, told the world to just get over it – no one cares about privacy anymore, provoking a storm of protest across cyberspace.
On Thursday (28 January), the European Commission responded to the 24-year-old billionaire and announced plans for comprehensive new laws that have in their sights the massively popular website.
The commission is concerned that its existing rules on data protection date back to 1995, the very early days of what was at the time called the “information superhighway” and are extraordinarily out of date. Brussels is not just worried that the internet has sped ahead of its regulatory grasp, but also that many technologies, in particular Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), behavioural advertising and even airport security devices have proceeded apace, leaving EU legislation in the lurch.